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Sculpture Experiences for Children - [Carl Andre]


[ANDRE, Carl]. 
Sculpture Experiences for Children. 
First edition. Square 8vo. 16pp. Arts educational workbook in reflective silver stapled wrappers. Austin, Texas: Laguna Gloria Art Museum, 1978. 
Wrappers somewhat rubbed and worn. 

Charming workbook of educational exercises prepared around the work of sculptor Carl Andre on the occasion of an exhibition at the Laguna Gloria Art Museum in 1978. The curators of the exhibition prepared a series of tasks, games and puzzles relating to themes in Andre's work. Even the reflective cover of the book becomes a material in one exercise that instructs the reader to move their book around to observe how it reflects light. 

While it seems Andre himself had no involvement in the production of this guide, the opening statement would perhaps have struck a chord with the artist: 'Carl Andre is a sculptor whose art will remind you more of block structures, hopscotch games, and checkerboards..' Andre often speaks of how experiences in childhood informed his work:  'My grandfather was a bricklayer and a small contractor. So everything was about matter. Bricks, mortar, steel plates. My earliest memories were of these things. And there I was playing with bricks on building sites; I was exposed to these materials continuously as a little child.’

An important and scarce arts education document that gives a refreshing, playful perspective on Carl Andre's conceptualism. 

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